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A study examining the impact a disclosure of depression has on workplace relationships

Institution: University of Limerick
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Background: The decision to self-disclose a concealable illness such as depression is one which requires much consideration. While there are many benefits to disclosure including relieving stress, receiving supports, and an opportunity to dispel stereotypes, there is also the fear that disclosure may lead to discrimination especially within the workplace.
Objectives: This small study aims to examine the experiences of people who disclose their diagnosis of depression within the workplace, and more specifically the impact self-disclosure has on their relationships with co-workers and managers.
Methods: As part of this qualitative study, semi-structured interviews were carried out with four individuals between 25-45 years with a diagnosis of depression. Thematic analysis guided by critical disability theory was used in the data analysis.
Findings: Overall the findings correspond with the majority of the literature relating to mental illness and the workplace. Participants acknowledged the complex nature of the disclosure process citing many factors they consider prior to disclosing. Main findings included negative experiences reported by the majority of participants who disclosed in the workplace and an adverse effect on their relationships with co-workers and managers. This study also found a correlation between working in a mental health setting and more open attitudes around disclosure.
Conclusion: Understanding the disclosure process is important for health professionals in order to advise and support people particularly in the area of vocational rehabilitation. The factors that facilitate more open disclosure in mental health settings should be explored in further research.

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. () A study examining the impact a disclosure of depression has on workplace relationships [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/848480 [Accessed: 21st September 2019].

  

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